In a media phone interview Thursday, Oz talked about his medical philosophy and gave a glimpse of what's coming up in his filled-to-the-brim hourly medical information show.
(The Harvard-educated Oz is the vice-chair of the Department of Surgery and professor of surgery at
Here's a Q and A excerpt from the interview:
Q: What are the most important health tests for women?
Oz: Young women, by their early 30s, should have their thyroid tested. Later in life, they should get their progesterone levels tested. Perhaps the most important is to have basic gynecological support with PAP smears every 3 years; essentially it's their primary care doctor, to have someone to talk to.
Q: What health issues should young women know about?
Oz: Osteoporosis starts in the 20s. Alcohol consumption - women can't drink as much as men. They should have no more than one alcoholic drink a day. They should be aware of
Q. What are the biggest health concerns for women over 50?
Q: What's happening on the show this season?
Oz: We had the people on from the movie
Q: How did Oprah find you?
Oz: Speaking of Oprah, we're going to give away $1 million this season. To qualify you have to participate in a 7-step program that involves telling your friends, losing weight, learning to sleep better, deal with
Q: Are you seeing a lot of problems with prescription drugs and addiction?
Oz: Yes. I'm seeing it a lot. Life is full of pressures.
Q: Are people healthier today?
Oz: The answer to the high-tech question is we're doing much better: Fewer are
There are known things we can do with discernible health benefits: avoid the 'white' foods -- processed white flour, sugar, etc. We need vitamin D, whether from sunshine or a pill; we need Omega3, the fat from fish or a pill.
Q: What do you think of the concierge concept?
Oz: Then you get health care for the rich and for the poor. Access to health care should be a right that all Americans have.
Q: How has the medical field changed?